Gilded cities that cut majestic silhouettes across the sky. Forests that give way to cascading waterfalls. The Baltic landscape has been carved by the ocean and there really is no better way to visit this region than on a cruise. More delights can be found on Norway cruises and Russia cruises. The imposing towers and medieval streets of Gdansk, for example; Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki raft in Oslo and, perhaps one of the most inspiring sights, the extravagant collection of art found within the walls of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. The Baltic opens up an ancient world. Harking back to their Viking ancestry, the residents of the Baltic thrive on ocean life, fresh fish abounds in local restaurants, fishing vessels line the shore and yachts moor in the marinas.

Take a look at some example ports

There's a vast range of places you can go to with P&O Cruises.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, the adopted home of its most famous resident Hans Christian Andersen - commemorated in the waterfront sculpture of his Little Mermaid has a fairytale magic all of its own.

Helsinki, Finland

Surrounded by the sea and its own archipelago, Helsinki, the Finnish capital, retains its nautical feel with many sailing events during the summer months.

St. Petersburg, Russia

On cruises to St. Petersburg you'll usually stay overnight. On the banks of the River Neva and the palaces and churches which define the city's skyline - you'll find Russia at its most captivating.

Klaipeda, Lithuania

Alongside the Baltic Sea, on the beautiful west coast of Lithuania lies Klaipėda, brimming with bays, beaches, sand dunes, shops and shipyards offering something to suit every taste.

Gdynia, Poland

The Polish city and increasingly popular Baltic cruise port of Gdynia is only 80 years old but some of its churches and palaces date back as far as the 13th Century.

Riga, Latvia

Latvia's capital and cruise port Riga dates back to the 1100's, its inhabitants have endured long periods of occupation ever since, controlled by the Swedes, the Poles and most recently the Russians.